Jess' top events June 26-July 3
Jess' top events June 26-July 3
Thursday: Story Mob is like a flash mob, except when these people get together, a story breaks out, not a coordinated dance. The event is an evening of five-minute stories (held four times a year), with three guest judges, two cash prizes ($100 for first, $50 for second) and one required story prop. Participants are judged on their ability to incorporate a story prop (a lunch box, a cassette tape, a pair of shoes or a suitcase) into either a non-fiction or fiction format. Watch multiple bursts of 5-minute organized chaos starting at 7 p.m. at Ritual Cafe, 1301 Locust St. Go to desmoinessocialclub.org for more info.
Friday: A party ride held the last Friday of each month throughout the summer, Critical Mass is a bike ride that boasts no established route, but plenty of surprises. The event is an organized ride that is held in more than 300 cities worldwide on the last Friday of the month, and was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco. The point of the ride is to enjoy the city and its establishments by traveling as a group and voting on the next stop. The ride will start in front of the Iowa State Capitol, East Ninth Street and East Grand Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Go to bikeiowa.com for more info.
Friday: Jeremih, a popular hip-hop artist, will stop at People’s Court this weekend. Interested in music from a young age, Jeremih learned to play drums, piano and saxophone in grade school, then played in his high school’s marching band and Latin jazz band before enrolling in Columbia College Chicago for a degree in music business in 2007. In 2009, however, his career took a turn when he was recognized for his vocal abilities and signed to Def Jam Recordings, releasing his debut single, “Birthday Sex,” shortly afterward. His most recent album, “All About You,” was released in 2010. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at ticketfly.com, $25 at the door. People’s Court, 216 Court Ave., third floor.
Jorts Pub Crawl
Saturday: We’ve all worn them at some point in our lives. Jorts. That awesome creation of shorts made out of old jeans that shrunk a little too short, or the hole in the knee became a little too big. This weekend, the organizers of the Jorts Bar Crawl encourage you to dig out those old statement makers (or hell, create a new pair) and wear them with pride. The pub crawl is a fundraiser for “Team Sam,” a local with Cystic Fibrosis who takes 25 pills a day and two inhalants (she does this all while playing soccer and volleyball, singing in choir and going to school). The proceeds from the event will go toward the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help all with the disease. Event is free, but participants are encouraged to donate $10, $15 or $20 to the cause at tikly.co. The crawl will start at Zimm’s, 3124 Ingersoll Ave., at 2 p.m. and meander down Ingersoll Avenue before ending at Carl’s Place (1620 Woodland Ave.).
Yankee Doodle Pops
Tuesday (July 3): One of Iowa’s largest Independence Day celebrations will include an evening of outdoor music on the Iowa State Capitol’s West Terrace. The 18th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, a free concert with maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony, will feature an evening of patriotic music themed “A John Williams American Spectacular.” The Turner Center Jazz Orchestra will perform a prelude concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by the main event by the Des Moines Symphony at 8:30 p.m. The evening culminates with a fireworks display. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. DART will detour its D-Line and extend the shuttle’s hours to accommodate event-goers. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and arrive early — an estimated crowd of more than 100,000 attended last year. Iowa State Capitol’s West Terrace, E. Ninth Street and E. Grand Avenue. Go to dmsymphony.org.